The goal of providing healthcare at home is to care for an illness or injury in a patient’s home environment. A familiar environment contributes to maintaining a positive outlook and often results in a more speedy recovery.
However, all home health agencies are not created equal. When choosing an in-home health agency, be sure to do research and know what questions to ask, because they will be taking care of you or your loved one and coming into your home.
Here are some things to consider when choosing a home health agency.
Consider the services they provide
Make sure the home health agency offers the services that best fit your needs. A variety of home care services may be offered including:
• Skilled nursing
• Rehabilitation therapy services: Physical, occupational and speech therapies, balance management, etc.
• Home health aide services: bathing, dressing, meal preparation, companionship, housekeeping, errands
• Medical social services: counseling, community resource coordination, etc.